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Report: Bears release former Pro Bowl kicker Robbie Gould

The Chicago Bears made a somewhat surprising move on Sunday, releasing long-time kicker Robbie Gould.

At least, that’s the report coming from ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter.

Gould, 34, has been with the Bears since 2005. He earned a Pro Bowl spot in his second season back in 2006, and has been among the most consistent kickers in the NFL since.

Last season saw the veteran connect on 33-of-39 field goals, including 14-of-18 from 40-plus yards.

With Gould on the outs, it remains to be seen who will replace him. But it’s safe to assume that his $2.9 million salary for the 2009 season was the primary motivation behind this move.